August 29, 2014 •
Maine Ethics Commission Eliminates Per-Election Limit for 2014 Election
The Maine Ethics Commission voted unanimously on August 27, 2014, to no longer enforce certain provisions of Maine’s campaign finance law. This vote is a result of a federal court ruling enjoining the per-election contribution limit as applied to independent candidates in the state’s upcoming gubernatorial general election. The federal judge who issued the ruling mandated a commission vote on the issue no later than August 29, 2014.
The commission decided donors to other state gubernatorial candidates, including current governor Paul LePage, could give a total of $3,000 to each candidate for the full election cycle. The decision by the commission only applies to the 2014 gubernatorial election.
Permanent changes to state campaign finance law must come from the Legislature.
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